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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Sep 8, 2011 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Happy birthday, Ron M.

"I been gone so long . . . ."

Not to mention 4/29/71.

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 8, 2011 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

"WAS AND IS NOW FOREVER ONE OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD".

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 9, 2011 5:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

Cool; right...

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Sep 8, 2011 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

If there was anyone who had inspired me to listen and follow that band, it was Pig, miss ya

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 8, 2011 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

As someone who didn't get the new E72 box (I know -- heresy, heresy!), I've been listening to the shows I'm lucky enough to have. And as it happens, there are two riveting Pig (or Piggified) tunes that I've listened to more than once in the last few days for no other reason than one good play deserves a second and a third.

One is the 5/4/72 Two Souls in Communion. I love the song, and Pig's delivery that night is so touching. Knowing that he'd be gone shortly afterwards adds an incredible poignancy.

The other is the MAMU from 5/10/72. My version has a very interesting mix ... wonderfully strong on Phil (always a good thing, since there is no such things as mixing Phil too high), but also surprisingly high on Pig. I can't recall if it's high on keys overall, but that night's MAMU, with Pig's swirling organ pouring over everything, is just fantastic.

Maybe he wasn't the "best" or most flexible keyboard player in a technical sense. I wouldn't know. But when you hear something like that (or any number of Pig-heavy tune) you really, really see why they wanted that depth and richness back in the late 70s. That's not a slam on Keith -- I'm in the "Keith at his best over Brent" contingent -- but Pig's funky old organ sound just added so much.

And, of course, it supposedly WAS his idea to start a band. Well, who knows ... I don't imagine there was any One Moment ("Hey kids, let's put on a show!") ... but no Pig, no Dead.

So thanks, Pig, and happy woulda-been 66th.



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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 8, 2011 8:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

"high on Pig"

HA! Yes I AM!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 9, 2011 5:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

I remember having the same reaction the first time i listened to 5-10-72. I think i posted a question as to whether this was his last great performance. Not because of his performance as a front man but because of his playing. I think Jeffrey Norman also made a comment in one of those interviews they had on dead.net about how surprised he was to hear how much of the swirling organ was present at many of the shows as he was working on this project.

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Sep 8, 2011 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

If there was anyone who had inspired me to listen and follow that band, it was Pig, miss ya

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 8, 2011 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

R.I.P. Pigpen

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Poster: craven714 Date: Sep 8, 2011 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

wow, thanks GOP. Cant let that one slip by...
Happy double sixes Pigpen. Makes me wanna reach for that
12/12/69 and for nice col' beer. RIP Ron

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Poster: user unknown Date: Sep 8, 2011 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy birthday, Ron M.

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